People who have been oohing and aahing about if Gordon Brown will take his seat on the Sky News debate against David Cameron and Nick Clegg need their heads examined. As disconnected as Brown is, he is currently surrounded by advisers telling him what he needs to do to win the next General Election. And that's throw a curveball at the Tories.
I fully expect Brown's big Labour Conference to be a symbolic accepting of the challenge. The man has nothing to lose. If he has rings ran around him, he remains the second-rate Labour Leader he is. If Cameron bottles it and Brown somehow emerges as the strong, steady silent type he was supposed to be (before we all found out the economic record he had was actually terrible), then it could just be the first sign of the most remarkable comeback. Not that I expect it to be, you understand. But it's only hope.
Now if he was really devious, he'd book that Proportional Representation referendum and EU in-our-out referendum on the day of the General Election. That'd really bugger David Cameron's game plan up and cause a certain amount of disarray among the Conservative ranks.
Speaking of disarray among the Tory, or perhaps I should say, ex-Tory, ranks: Buckingham. Yes, it will be a beautiful battle as my political hero, former UKIP Leader Nigel Farage steps up to give the House of Commons' Speaker John Bercow a spanking that hopefully costs him his job and his seat. Bercow is obviously worried and just splashed out around £100,000 on a spin doctor who used to be a journo over at The Times. I'll be campaigning to get Farage in the House of Commons so the Westminster boys and girls can experience him up close and personal.
Oh, and I haven't given up hope of Sky inviting Farage to batter Clegg, Cameron and Brown on their live TV debate. Because everyone knows that Farage equals ratings.